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Head of Nursing

The Head of Nursing's role is to be the operational nursing lead for the patients within the medical care group which encompasses a wide-ranging and dynamic portfolio including patient flow, patient safety, workforce planning and anything else nursing related in the acre group.

What qualifications do I need?

You need to show you can study at Masters level.

Career development

One of our current heads of nursing started as an HCA in a Nursing Home when he left school and fell in love with being a nurse. Then he completed his training with Plymouth University and worked in various nursing and site management roles throughout the last 20 years.

Pay and benefits 

This role is a band 8c


NMC registration


My story: Stephen Heath

My name is Stephen Heath, I'm head of nursing at UHP, where I started working just 12 weeks ago.

How I got into the role

I was previously a Matron for Stroke and Neurology at the RD&E and saw the job with UHP advertised and thought, why not!?

My role at UHP

Most of my job is around ensuring the ward teams have what they need to be able to provide the best care they can. This includes workforce planning, day to day assistance with any issues or concerns.

The best bits and challenges

The best part is being able to make a difference to our patients and the staff that look after them. The challenges are the daily challenges of patient flow in the organisation.

Life outside of work

Married with 2 girls aged 14 and 11. I spend my life trying to keep up with them. I enjoy all forms of sport and follow Liverpool FC and also I am a huge fan of Formula 1.

Career plan and top tips

I’d love for my next step in my career to look for either a Deputy Chief Nurse position or undertake a national role in improving patient safety.

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